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Bobby Ryan trade speculation isn't going away

Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:27 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 6:52 pm
ryan1By: Adam Gretz

Two days after it originally surfaced little has happened to make the Bobby Ryan trade speculation go away. If nothing else, it's actually picked up steam, and while the Ducks won't confirm that they are actively shopping their young star forward (and why would they confirm it?), they've also done nothing to deny it.

On Tuesday, the 24-year-old Ryan spoke with Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register about the increased chatter that continues to swirl around his name and said that he "wouldn't be surprised" if he was the player sent packing. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Jeff Miller passed along the word that Randy Carlyle, the coach that is now seated on the hottest seat in the NHL following the recent firings of Bruce Boudreau and Paul Maurice, spoke with Ryan about the speculation and simply told him that he has to "find that inner peace in himself to deal with it."

The biggest rumor that's made the rounds was a potential blockbuster brought forward by Bucky Gleason of the the Buffalo News that would involve goaltender Sabres netminder Ryan Miller. That rumor started to grow when Ducks general manager Bob Murray, as well as two scouts, attended the Sabres game on Tuesday night in Buffalo. Of course, Miller did not play in that game, as he's still sidelined with an injury following his run-in with Boston's Milan Lucic. Miller has since responded by saying that he has no interest in being traded.

No matter what happens with Ryan or the Ducks, the team is in a complete free fall mode right now and currently owns the second-lowest point total in the NHL with 16, ahead of only the Columbus Blue Jackets. After starting the season 4-1 Anaheim has lost 16 of its past 18 games, including seven in a row, and 11 of 12 during the month of November.

Despite having a lineup that boasts talented forwards like Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne, the Ducks are the second-lowest scoring team in the NHL, scoring just 2.13 goals per game. Only the New York Islanders are worse. Ryan is not immune to the struggles, having recorded just 11 points (seven goals, four assists) over his first 23 games.

As a team, Anaheim is getting dominated during 5-on-5 play, getting outscored 51-34 while also getting out-shot by an average of 30-25 during 5-on-5 play on a nightly basis. Even strength play was an issue for the Ducks last season as well, and this year the power play and goaltending that carried the team during the 2010-11 season (and Perry's MVP season certainly helped as well) has not been anywhere near as strong.

Add it all together and you have a team that's probably in too deep of a hole to dig itself out of this season looking to shake things up, whether it's with a coaching change or a blockbuster trade.

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Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 1:35 pm
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Since: Aug 9, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 7:50 am

Bobby Ryan trade speculation isn't going away

A New Jersey Native will look good in Red, White and Blue. Dubinsky, Del Zotto and a pick will get in done. Plus Ryan would love playing near home in the World's most famous Arena with a team on a huge upswing that has a solid young core and will be competeing for Lords Stanley Cup for many years to come!!

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:36 pm

Bobby Ryan trade speculation isn't going away

  The Wings could really use Ryan and have the cap space and players to make it work. One that I read on the Eklend site was Filppula and Brendan Smith for Ryan. Filpulla is having a career year while Ryan is off to a slow start, the classic buy low sell high. I would hate to see  Brendan Smith go, a scoring d man with a nasty streak, but our wingers are sad this year. Cleary hasnt got going, hudler is hopeless, Bert and Homer have gotten old, I love both those guys but if we can get Ryan for that package we gotta do it.

Since: May 25, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:42 pm

Bobby Ryan trade speculation isn't going away

There are a number of scenerios involving acquiring Bobby Ryan. Here's what my take is on the "rumors".

The fact that the Ducks GM and top personel guys were in Buffalo the other night indicates first that the rumors of a trade are no longer rumors. It's a fact that Ryan will be traded. The fact also that three of the top brass were sitting in Buffalo tells me Buffalo has their attention.

Now what is the offer?

Well, I'm hearing that the Sabres will ship Drew Stafford, Marc Andre Gragnani and a number 1 overall next year for Ryan and a 4th rounder. The Sabres can absorb the $5.1 million cap hit while matching in return the same value. The change in status of Braydon McNabb from a temporary fill-in d-man to a permanent member on the parent club is evidence by his playing time the last two games. McNabb played 14 minutes in his first two games as a call up. Stafford fills a need in Anaheim up front where he should excell under the typ of free wheeling offense played.

The deal should happen in the next four days is my guess. The The Ducks come to Philly on Friday making the trade timing ideal for both clubs. Each club would avoid a roster move...

Buffalo is indeed in the drivers seat. 

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 7:56 pm

Bobby Ryan trade speculation isn't going away

I can see Ryan going to the flyers for Hartnell, Schenn, and a pick or a package that includes Bobrovsky since Hiller hasn't played up to expectations after coming back from Vertigo.

Since: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 7:45 pm

Bobby Ryan trade speculation isn't going away

Thwy should send Ryan to Minnesota for the goalie Backstrom

Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 7:18 pm

Bobby Ryan trade speculation isn't going away

Ryan Miller would be a welcome addition compared to what Hiller has done. He's been overrated and inconsistent for years. Some of Buffalo's D-men would be nice, but anyone from the Boston Bruins would be better. They should try to get Boychuk, Ference, or Mcquaid. Package Koivu and Lydman in the deal--Koivu's backchecking is suspect.

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